Cloud Nine- Chapter 22: Not What I Planned
My heart thumped lightly in my chest as I waited for that familiar voice that I use to love come through the phone.
Liam was napping lightly beside me his head snuggled into my chest and my free hand intertwined in his.
I’m still completely confused out of my mind when it comes to this unborn child. Like fuck do I need a child for? If anything it’ll even more complicate my life.
Once I found out I was pregnant immediately I called my doctor and he told me that they’ll just watch it and to come in regularly like I was before. I don’t even know if this baby will still be in my stomach by my next treatment to be quite honest.
My body went stiff and I couldn’t breathe anymore. It had been a good while since I’ve seen let alone heard from Chris. I’m surprised he even picked up the phone.
“Hey.” I said trying to keep my composure.
“What do you want?”
“Uh—okay there’s something you need to know.”
“Don’t waste my time, I got shit to do. Fuck you want?” His voice was cold and militant. I don’t know what his problem is, I mean we haven’t spoken in months so whatever it is possibly couldn’t have been because of me.
The other end was quiet for a second and I swear I heard him mumble some slick shit but I just waited for him to speak.
“And you’re telling me this because?”
I rolled my eyes and switched the phone over to my other ear. I should’ve known he would have acted like this.
“I think it’s yours why else would I be telling you!?”
Below Liam fidgeted a little and I decided to lower my voice so I don’t wake him up
“How I know it aint that other nigga’s?”
“How the fuck am I supposed to know? I found out not too long ago. It can be yours or his..”
“Look, I’m busy right now can we talk about this later?”
“Fuck I don’t know…tomorrow around noon?”
“Fine.” I dragged.
“Aight see ya.”
Even though we said goodbye I kept the phone to my ear and waited for him to hang up first. The conversation didn’t necessarily go how I planned it but I’m glad I still got to hear his voice.
After waiting for about five seconds I was about to hang up the phone when I heard Chris’s voice loud and clear.
Who was he talking to?
“Yeah, let me grab my purse.” A female voice said. Her voice was faint and low and I could barely catch what was said but I swear it sounded like Eva.
“Hurry the fuck up! You know how Xylo is…”
“Calm down nigga! By the way who were you on the phone with?”
Shit that was Eva! What is she doing with Chris?
“Serenity! She say she pregnant or some shit…I don’t really care though cause it may not even be mine.”
“I knew she was a hoe.”
No the fuck she didn’t. Damn this is the second female that I called friend that then went behind my back and did/said some crazy shit.
I rolled my eyes and hung up the phone. I really need to reevaluate who I let into my life because lately I’ve been making some really bad decisions.
Fuck Eva, and fuck Chris. After tomorrow I want nothing to do with him. If he’s the dad he can be in the kids lide id not then I don’t ever want to see him again..That’s iff I even decide to have the baby.
I slid from underneath Liam and walked over to my vanity mirror before brushing what was left of my hair.
A few days ago, I went to the salon and got a cute Rihanna cut that fit my face perfectly.
Right now I wasn’t going to focus on my situation with Chris or this baby I just needed to focus on tonight. Liam’s twentieth birthday was today and we already had an amazing time this morning which explains why he was knocked out on top of me. Tonight was just going to be the icing on the cake.
To be honest I slightly forgot his birthday was today so when he left for classes yesterday I made a quick errand to Victoria Secret and picked up some sexy lingerie that I know he’ll love. What he’s getting tonight definitely beats any other birthday gift he got today.
I looked down onto my dresser and dug through the draw for my lipstick then pulled out my hello kitty makeup bag before taking out my concealer and applying it to the dark circles beneath my eyes.
Now that I think about it as I apply this make up to my face, I can’t help but wonder what does Liam really see in me anymore? I’ve lost more than my looks in these past months.
My personality is bullshit now, I’m constantly on a roller coaster of emotions and this was before I was pregnant so I know he’s probably close to fed up.
Oh what am I thinking. I dismiss my thoughts and marvel at the promise ring Liam gave me a while ago in the mirror as I applied a cool shade of red lipstick to my lips.
Now that my makeup is done, all I needed to do was get dressed.
I got up from the mirror and walked over to my closet before pulling out a cute fall outfit and throwing it on my body.
I wasn’t really in the mood to be super dressy but I think the heels played it up a bit.
“Babe..” I was little startled by Liam’s voice but I smiled at how cute he looked after just waking up.
“Get up honey bun or else we’re gonna be late.” I said before walking over to the bed and planting a sloppily kiss on his cheek.
He scrunched his nose and rubbed the lipstick mark off that I left on his face and I laughed then put another one on his face except this time on his lips.
“Don’t ever call me that shit again.” He said as we parted.
“Whatever you say sweetie.”I said before smaking his butt as he got off the bed.
“Chillllllllll” he groaned as he walked over to the mini fridge and pulled out a coke.
He hated when I did that. He said I was violating his manliness or some stupid shit, I wasn’t really listening.
“Noo, don’t get hyped up on soda we’re about to go eat.” I said as I pulled the can out of his hand and placed it on top of the fridge.
He rolled his eyes dramatically and cracked a small smile.
I laughed then kissed him one last time before picking his jacket off of the sofa and leading him out of the dorm.
“Let’s go we’re gonna be late!”
I locked my room door and we walked hand in hand out to his car laughing and talking about nothing.
I loved being around Liam, he made everything okay so effortlessly and all of my problems seemed to melt away.
Tonight was going to be the most memorable birthday of his life and I’d do anything to be sure of that.
After a short walk from the main building to the parking lot we were at his car and I was already in the passenger seat as he started the ignition.
“…TURN ON THE LIGHTS… I’m lookin’ for ‘er too I heard she keep her promises and never turn on you, I heard she ain’t gone cheat and she gon never make no move…”
Future’s ugly ass voice came booming through the speakers as we pulled out of the parking lot and onto the street.
“This my shit.” Liam started bobbing his head to the music and I rolled my eyes hella hard.
I hate this fucking song, it’s stupid as hell and his voice is annoying as fuck.
“Uh how about…no..” I reached up to the radio and clicked the number “3” which switched the radio to a pop station.
“I’d trade my soul for a wish, Pennies and dimes for a kiss, I wasn’t looking for this,
But now you’re in my way….”
Carly Rae’s Call Me Maybe blasted and now it was my turn to bop my head back in forth. Honestly, I hated this song but it was just so fucking catchy that I couldn’t help but love it.
“Serenity turn this shit off.” He reached over to click the stations but I swatted his hand away.
“You know you love it.”
He groaned loudly then put his hand back on the wheel.
“Your stare was holdin’,Ripped jeans, skin was showin’,Hot night, wind was blowin’…..”
“Serenity for the love of god turn it off!!!!”
I was singing completely off key and bouncing in my seat while swinging my head around like a crazy woman.
“Here comes my favorite part!!”
“Where you think you’re going, baby? Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number,So call me, maybe?”
I sang right in Liam’s ear and he just tried pushing me off but I kept singing. The annoyed look that was on his face was so cute. I loved messing with him.
“Serenity pleaaseee.” He pleaded this time. I liked it when he begged, it made me feel like I was in control and what girl doesn’t like feeling that way?
“Fine.” I laughed before pushing the number “5” button on the radio.
“Sugar, sugar, sugar, Then I kissed your lips and you…. Turned…. on my fiiiirirreeeeeeee babbbeyyyyyyyy!”
“Aww shittttttt….” Liam and I said at the same time. I loved this fucking song it was one of my favorite oldies. Teena and Rick did this and I loved every bit of it.
We both laughed and I slid my hand into his while letting the music set a comfortable mood between us.
“No fucking more…I can’t do it.”
“Bro come the fuck on…we just need 500 bucks..dont act like you aint fuck random niggas before cause I know you have.” I said harshly to Eva over the music.
She raised her hand to slap me but I caught it and pulled her close into me.
“Lay a hand on me if you want to, I swear I’ll choke the shit out of you.” My voice was cold as ice and it seems like when I act like this it’s the only way to get a bitch to listen.
“Whatever, fuck off me.” She pushed me away then brushed off her skimpy school girl outfit before emerging into one of the private rooms.
It was a little over half past midnight and we were supposed to meet Xylo by 1:30 at some random warehouse.
We’d been in Fallen Angels since ten and only made roughly 1,500. Eva just wasn’t on her game tonight. It shouldn’t take three rounds of going on the pole and letting five niggas run through you to make 2 mother fucking grand.
Bitch needed to step her cookies up.
It wasn’t long before I could hear loud moans and knocking sounds come from the private room and a man’s voice grunt loudly.
I tapped my foot impatiently and ten minutes later Eva came out with her hair a mess and her skirt torn up the side.
“I never thought I’d say this but damn he was good.”
Told ya she was a hoe.
“Whatever, gimme the fucking money.”
She raised her hands up and placed the wad of cash into my hand and I turned on my heel before exiting the club.
Eva was yelping like a damn Chihuahua and I just wanted to glue her mouth shut. I hadn’t had any drugs in my system in the past four or five hours and I was on fucking edge.
My main focus right now was to get the money to Xylo and get the drugs before went completely left.
Eva and I hopped in my car and sped down i-45 doing almost 100.
“Slow down nigga!”
“You wanna drive? Then here.”
I let go of the wheel looked over at her in the passenger seat. Her eyes were wide and she opened her mouth to say something but I shushed her then put my hands back on the wheel.
“You crazy or some shit?”
“Man shut the fuck up and get in the back seat you’re annoying the hell out of me.”
She rolled her eyes and like the obedient little Chihuahua that she is, she got up from the front seat and climbed in the back.
Finally some fucking peace and quiet.
I drove quickly, keeping my eyes peeled for cops and hidden police cars. It was already 1:15 and we had a while to go.
I didn’t need no cop stopping me and most of all giving me a ticket.
Right when the digital clock on my dash board struck 1:30 did we pull into the ware house parking lot.
I put the money in my pants pocket then locked the car doors behind us. My legs moved swiftly as I jogged in the night air up to the top stair case with Eva not to far behind.
Once we arrived at the small office door with the number 475 out side of it, I knocked softly and said the secret word then rested against the door frame.
“Why you so tense?”
I didn’t look back at her rather just waited for the familiar sound of the lock clicking as one of the guards let us in.
Not even two seconds after I thought that did the door swing open and one of the buff security dudes stand in front of Eva and I.
“We need to see Xylo.”
The dude nodded then put his hand behind his back before pulling out his gun and pointing it at Eva and I.
“It’s cool man, we’re one of youuuuu..” Eva’s voice filled the empty silence and this time I looked over at her.
Her mouth was in this crooked grin and her eyes told me everything I needed to know.
“Fuck you high for?!Shit I thought I told your ass to stay sober. You know better than me that Xylo hate that shit. Fuck …. Look if you get your ass beat I aint helping you.” I said shrugging.
Whatever happened to her happened. I was just here to take care of business and hurry home to my new love. Being without it for even these past few hours worried me a little only because I didn’t realize how addicted I was.
I looked up to the security guard and he kept the gun pointed at us has he lead us to the back room.
“Don’t make any quick movements, don’t reach in your pockets or anything unless told to. Understand?”
I nodded then felt the steel gun hit me in the back as he nudged us inside the room.
Xylo was sitting in a huge chair stacks upon stacks upon stacks of money laid infront of him on the glass table.
Cigar smoke filled the room and so did the low hums of voices of the other people who were in there also.
No one really gave a fuck that we came into the room except for Xylo as his hard eyes looked up and down.
“You got my money?” he said before placing his cigar down.
“Yeah.” I said cooly.
Xylo sent a small head nod to the security guard who led us in and he left before before closing the door behind him.
“Fuck you still standing there for? Hand it over.”
I walked swiftly from the spot I was standing in and placed it on his desk before backing away to where Eva was standing.
From the corner of my eyes I could see her twirl her hair and snicker whenever it fell back into place.
What was she doing?
“Eva stop laughing.” I whispered to her.
This only made her laugh harder and louder.
I threw my hand over my face as Xylo’s eyes popped up from the money and landed on her.
“What’s so funny?”
She shook her head and tried muffling her laughs but she kept giggling hard as fuck.
I kept my eyes on my feet as I heard Xylo’s chair push out from the table and his shoes clack against the floor.
Oh shit, he was about to fuck her up I just know it. I told her hard headed ass to be sober when we came up here.
I don’t know why she acting brand new like she aint know Xylo’s policies on be high when we doing business.
Fuck, I just hope he don’t give it to her too bad cause I aint really trying to jump in and save her, only to get my ass beat twice as hard.
“I said what is so funny?”
By now all conversation had ceased throughout the room and all eyes were on us.
I just kept my head low and shook my head back and forth at Eva’s stupidity. Niggas out here are ruthless and don’t give two fucks whether you were a female or not. You signed up to be in the game and in the game everybody is the same. The only people who are seen different are the drug lords of course but to them all they see is dollar signs when it comes to us. And if one of them thinks their cash flow is in jeopardy they will do whatever they have to get things in order.
“It-it’s just….” Eva couldn’t even finish her sentence before busting into huge hysterics. She even put her hand on Xylo to keep her self from falling.
The fire in his eyes intensified and I honestly felt bad for Eva.
“Bitch are you high…right in front of my fucking face?” He took her arm off him and twisted it backward before getting up in her face.
“Fuck off me, that hurts…” she tried pushing him off but it was no use so she did the unthinkable.
She punched that nigga square in his nose.
“So…Imma just bounce aight? Cool.” I said aloud not really caring whether they said I could leave or not.
I turned around on my heel then headed for the door but before I could open it some mexican dude with tattoos all over his body stood in front of the door abd blocked me from leaving.
I kissed my teeth before rolling my eyes and looking at a now bloody nosed Xylo. He didn’t even say two words before slapping the shit of Eva and throwing her to the ground.
“Bitch you don’t know who you fucking with.”
He kicked her in her stomach and she yelped in pain. Everyone watched as he continued to kick the shit out of her before picking her up by her hair and punching her in her mouth.
Fuck, he was getting her good. I really felt bad for her. I wanted to help but I wasn’t really about that life.
“Get the fuck up!” he shouted.
But all Eva did was cry in pain and wipe at the blood that was pouring from her mouth.
Xylo raised his hand to slap her again but stopped before sending a big wad of spit down onto her face.
Dammmnnnn, that’s some mad disrespectful shit right there… Oh well.
“Santino, get this bitch.” Xylo ordered before returning to his chair.
Who I assumed was “Santino” stood up from and walked over to a crying bloody Eva.
“You should really stay in your lane princess…this is grown man work.” Santino said evily before unbuckling his pants.
“And you really shouldn’t have worn this outfit either…when will you hoes learn?” he said before dropping his pants completely.
Everyone had already gone back to what they were doing not really taking interest in us anymore.
Damn I had to do something I cant just let this nigga rape Eva. I know she was wrong but fuck what if that was my sister or some shit? I may not have a sister but what if I did?
I swallowed hard and looked away as Eva called out for me to help her.
“Chriiss!! Please helppp mee.” He voice cracked and strained as she pleaded for help between her loud cries.
Shit shit shit…. What am I gonna do? Fuck it, Eva may have done some stupid shit but I wasn’t about to let this happen right in front of my face.
“Fuck off her!” I ran up “Santino” and pushed him off Eva while sending a quick blow to his head.
Eva quickly pulled on her clothes and ran for the door. Of course she didn’t make it out before some beefy nigga pulled her back and raised a gun to her temple.
It wasn’t long before I felt my self being pulled up from ontop of Santino and now being punched repeatedly. Blows were coming from every part of my body.
Some to my face, some to the back of my head and mainly in my chest. It had to be four or fice niggas on me and I was doing a pretty damn good job defending myself but it wasn’t enough. I felt a hard blow come to my rib cage and it made me yell in pain. I held my side as they continued to jump me.
Hot blood was flowing out of me as I coughed and trying to catch my breath. My sight was going in and out and I felt like I was about to die.
Xylo’s voice pierced the room and I felt one last hit to the back of the head before I curled into a small ball in the middle of the floor.
I literally just got the shit beat out of me and I had zero fight left.
I strained as I tried to pull myself up but fell back down my jaw connecting with the cold floor.
“I said get up nigga.”
Xylo’s strong hand was placed tightly on the collar of my neck as he yanked me up on my knees.
My head hung low as I spit small clumps of blood out ever so often.
This is what I get for stepping out of my lane. Who knew that fucking with Eva would end me up here…damn cocaine is a powerful drug and yet even in this moment I still didn’t want to give it up.
“Do you think this is a game son?”
Xylo placed the cool steel of the gun beneath my chin as he raised my head so we were looking each other in the eyes.
The light from the bulb above blasted him from behind and it made Xylo look like an angel but he was from that.
“No.” I choked out.
“No what?” He raised my chin higher so that the back of my head was just about touching my back and I winced in pain.
Fuck this nigga, I was not about to be his bitch and call him master.
“Go to hell.” I said suddenly getting bold.
Xylo laughed then smacked the gun across my cheek and laughed erupted throughout the room.
“NOO!” Eva screamed but it was no use.
“Shut that bitch up.”
I wasn’t sure what they did to her but soon after no sounds were coming from Eva’s end.
“Yo leave her alone…” I managed.
Xylo chucked then kneeled down beside me and placed the barrel of the gun deep into my temple.
“You one brave little nigga..You know I liked you…too bad I couldn’t have gotten to know you better, you would have been a great asset to the crew.”
I groaned in pain as I pulled my hand up and flipped him the bird before smiling a bloody smile.
If I’m going down might as well go all out.
Xylo shook his head and made a tsk noise before standing up and pointing the gun down at me.
His finger was tight on the trigger and the last thing I saw was Eva breaking loose and running towards me.
“This place is dope!” I said as we entered the lounge. The place was amazing. Chic furniture occupied the empty spaces and a live jazz band played softly on the stage. Nicely dressed waiters and waitresses walked swiftly around the room delivering food and wine bottles to the different guests.
“I know.” Was all liam could say because he was just as in awe as I was.
Now that I’ve seen the scenery I wished I would have dressed a little nicer. I shrugged my shoulders and walked up to the hostess stand with Liam right behind me.
“Chour namez?” A French guy with a curly mustache asked us as we arrived at the desk.
“Liam and Serenity.” Liam spoke. The French guy flipped through the book and licked his fingers as he looked down at the names.
“Ah, right tis way.”
The French guy made a quick mark on the paper then lead Liam and I to a small corner right by the live band.
“Chour waitair will be wif yew shortly.”
I nodded then smiled hard before stuffing a hot roll in my mouth and chewed loudly. I was eating too nasty but I was excited. The atmosphere was everything right now and I’m glad we made reservations for this place.
Liam and I chatted a bit before our waiter took our orders and returned not even twenty minutes later with our food. Liam had ordered some lobster dish and I got some foreign plate that I couldn’t pronounce. I may not have known what I was eating but damn was it good.
Liam and I ate up then had a small desert before kicking it on the dance floor.
Right now we were swaying back in forth, Liam’s hands low on my back and my arms wrapped around his neck.
“Today was amazing, thank you so much.” Liam said it to my ear.
I stood up on my tippy toes and kissed him softly never missing a beat in the music.
“No problem baby, I had a good time too.”
We danced a little more before the band played one last song. Even though the music had stopped Liam and I still swayed slightly in place just enjoying each other.
I was so comfortable standing there in his strong arms and I never wanted to leave.
“Now, there’s a special little lady out there tonight with a good man by her side. Today is a young man’s birthday and he requested we play this song for them. I’d like everyone to evacuate the dance floor and let them dance this one solo.” A soft bass filled voice filled the room and I looked up to see the lead guitarist looking over at us.
I smiled lightly then looked away before trying to pull Liam off of the floor.
“Where are you going?” he said before pulling me back.
“You heard him..he said we needed to leave….”
I looked up at him and he smiling down at me and I finally put two and two together.
“LIAM!” I rolled my eyes and slapped his chest.
I hated being in the spotlight and he fucking knows it. Now we have to dance in front of hundreds of strangers and I could feel myself getting sweaty.
“Just relax babe.” He said smoothly into my ear before pulling me in close. I closed my eyes and rest my head on his chest as the guitarist voice filled the room with soft lyrics and the band playing sweetly to accompany his voice.
“You know I love you right?” Liam said after a minute of silence.
I nodded against him and continued to sway with the music trying to block out the hundreds of eyes which I’m sure were on us right now.
“And you know you’re the only one for me..right?” he spoke into my hair.
“That you love me..”
“I love you Liam.”
He smiled then hugged me tightly before kissing my neck and I felt my legs turn into noodles.
The music was near its end and I was growing a little sad. Even though I didn’t like everyone staring at us I never wanted this moment to end.
“Now, will the birthday boy come up here.”
Liam parted from me and I looked at him puzzled. He just smiled really hard before walking up to the stage and taking the mic.
A random waiter had run over to me and handed me one as well. All eyes were on Liam and I and it was making me feel some type of way.
Liam looked up at me from the stage and smiled before placing it infront of his lips.
“Yes?” I said into the mic.
“I just want you to know that I will forever love you and no other girl in this world will ever satisfy me like you do. Even if you stopped having sex with me, just our emotional connection alone would be enough. I mean…don’t stop having sex with me though.” He laughed. I laughed too and shook my head.
“You don’t have to worry about that…”
He nodded then opened his mouth to speak again.
“You’re my everything and I can’t picture my life without you. When I sleep at night I dream about you, when I’m awake I never want to be without you even to let you just go to pee makes me uneasy. I just want to spend every second with you. You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever laid my eyes on and I’ve never loved someone as much as I love you.”
“Liam please you’re making me blush.”
Everyone cooed and laughed lightly at us and I fidgeted a little in my spot. Liam was now walking off the staging and was closing the distance between us.
“I want to grow old and grey with you and have tons of grandkids. Promise me we’ll do it.”
I stared deep into his eyes and they were hard yet soft. We both know that that isn’t going to happen but for the sake of him I promised and kept my eyes locked into his honey brown ones.
By now he was right in front of me and I could feel the heat in my cheeks rise. The way the dim lighting was bouncing off his skin made him look extraordinarily handsome and I was ready to just plant a thousand kisses all over his body.
“Now that you’ve promised to br my everything for all eternity. I have a question for you.” Hesaid slyly.
He reached his hand into his back pocket and pulled out a red velvet box. All through out the lounge I could hear people gasping including myself.
“Liam…w-what are you doing?”
Tears were crowded my eyes and I had to fan myself before wiping my face. My mind was racing and I couldn’t think clear, I swear I’m going to faint.
“Serenity LeAnn Baker?”
“Yes?” I choked.
This nigga better not do what I think he was about to.
He bent down on one knee and I lost it.
All throughout the lounge people were clapping and whooping loudly and I couldn’t control the tears that were streaming down my face.
“Liam…” I barely whispered.
Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit.
“Will you marry me?”
Well that’s the end of part 1 of Cloud Nine! Part two will be released shortly! I am unsure of when I will release part two but it will be announced soon!
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There will be a second part and only expect it to be between 5-10 chapters before the end :(